Stress is an inevitable part of life, especially when you're attending an academically challenging institution like Auburn University. With the end of the semester quickly approaching, many students are already beginning to experience some finals week stress. Parking at the library is now nonexistent, coffee shops become crowded, and finding a quiet study spot in the student center is like discovering a rare gem! (Image courtesy of Blue Diamond Gallery)
Stress is impossible to eliminate, but you can learn to manage it. So before pulling an all-nighter or panicking about every possible worst-case scenario, read these tips from students on how to keep stress at a minimum:
1. Get enough sleep.
Aim for at least seven hours of sleep each night. Although spending the night in RBD reviewing study guides seems like the productive thing to do, the reality is that sleep does more good for a tired brain and body. Sleep is the best way to take a break and recharge for your next study session. It helps avoid both mental and physical fatigue, so it's easier to retain information.
2. Step away from the desk.
Sitting in the same spot for hours on end won't boost your brain power! Studies have shown that being active causes the brain to release endorphins, which improves your mood and overall happiness. Try visiting the Rec and Wellness Center on campus for a study break that can help take your mind off the status of your GPA.
"Go out on a run." - Melissa Bryant
"Having a dance party always helps me." - Lauren Gaines
Take your dog for a walk." - Julie Tewell
3. Eat a healthy snack or meal.
Fuel your mind and body before you begin studying. Try eating a balanced diet with fresh foods. Healthy food improves your ability to think clearly, concentrate, and feel energetic when you need it most. Most importantly, avoid eating too much caffeine, sugar or junk food. Even if you're in a rush getting to class, don't skip a meal just to save time! That way, hunger pains are one less thing to worry about.
"Grocery shopping makes me feel relaxed" - Meagan Richardson
4. Focus on your friends.
Spending time with study partners or pals to keep you company in RBD is always a great idea. Good friends can encourage and motivate you to get work done, as long as they are careful not to distract too much.It can also help to have someone that understands the material and can help explain when studying gets tough.
"To reduce stress, I like to play foosball or video games with my friends." - Patrick Snell
"I like getting coffee or wings with my pals when I'm stressed." - Nicole Bianca.
5. Find an escape.
For many students, going back to one of their favorite hobbies may help reduce stress from a long day in the library. Listening to music, especially classical, while studying is especially known to give your brain a boost.
"Hot baths always make me feel relaxed."- Kohler Constantine
"I like to play the piano or cross-stitch. Call me a grandma, but I ain't joking!" - Elizabeth Cummings
"Watch the Office or Parks and Rec whilst eating candy snuggled in a blanket." - Lindsey Guin
It's important to remember that stress exists for a reason. You can either choose to let it be your downfall or use it to drive you to improve your work!
How do you de-stress from school? Tell us in the comments below!
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